By Pat Payton
TAMPERE, Finland – Marcel Scheele posted a time of nine minutes, nine seconds in a Men’s 3,000-metre Steeplechase heat race here last Thursday.
However, the 18-year-old St. Marys native needed to hit the 9:02 mark, and didn’t qualify for Sunday’s Steeplechase final here at the 2018 IAAF World U-20 track and field championships.
The first lap of Scheele’s race was run in a blistering time of 65 seconds. Overall, he finished 10th in the 15-runner heat.
In June, Scheele qualified for a spot on Team Canada by winning a Steeplechase race in Hamilton and posting a personal best time of 9:02. He needed to run under 9:10 that Sunday afternoon and he did it.
A total of 158 nations sent athletes to the World U-20 track and field championships, held at Ratina Stadium. Almost 1,500 athletes competed in 44 different events.
This year, Team Canada was comprised of 32 athletes (20 women and 12 men).Twelve coaches and staff also made the trip overseas.
–Marcel Scheele, who won the Open 2,000-metre Steeplechase race at OFSAA the last two years, begins a track scholarship at St. Mary’s University in Halifax in the fall. At OFSAA this year at York University, the DCVI distance runner crossed the finish line in a blistering time of 5:52.53 (another personal best).
–Mia Valcke, of St. Marys, meanwhile, will compete for Canada at the 2018 Women’s Baseball World Cup in Viera, Florida, Aug. 22-31. She was recently named to the 20-player squad after competing at a six-team tournament in Montreal.
Valcke, 18, begins a softball scholarship at the University of British Columbia in the fall.